This is unrelated to the hearing. But I wonder if anyone noticed that.
All survivors wore the Gumby dry suit when the CG picked them up. The suits are not cheap, and considered the financial problem that Bounty organization has. I wonder when those suits were purchased.
If those suit were purchased just before Sandy, I would be worried.
I've been watching the hearings all day and read some transcripts for last two days. I'm getting very nervous for the fate of wooden ships and shipyards that work on them, and it makes my heart heavy because I know Bounty was an exception to the rule.
To answer your questions, when I last spent a major amount of time with Bounty in 2008, she had Gumby suits for the crew. I was actually surprised that she did, as many Tall Ships (likely because they sail in smaller areas, in bays, or very near the coast, and cannot afford the cost) do not carry survival/immersion suits.
I asked a former crewmember this morning the description of the MOB bucket that John Svendsen said saved his life (on the GMA interview) and she said it was a big white rubbermaid bucket that sat between the lifeboats at the stern, and there was a bunch of survival items inside tied together with rope- a gumby suit, flares, food and water rations, flashlight. The idea was if someone fell overboard, the bucket would be emptied over in the hopes that the MOB could swim to the items in the meantime.